So...originally I had a really great timeline worked out detailing how I'd work full time as a freelance writer this summer, drop back to part time during the school year, and then in January 2009, go to full time for the foreseeable future.
Since developing the timeline, my plans have changed. Instead of waiting until January 2009 to quit my day gig and become a full time freelance writer, I've decided to do it now. June 11th is my last day "in the cube," and beginning June 12th, I'll officially be a full time writer.
This decision is one of the biggest, scariest, most exciting decisions I've ever made. Part of me is afraid because I don't know what's going to come in the future, but the majority of me is excited about writing full time and eager to work on something for which I've had a passion as long as I can remember.
I know it's going to be a difficult rest of the year--we've been relying on my day gig income for our bills--but this is the best decision for me, and for our family. I may have to work 50, 55, 60 hours a week at first in order to get to where I want (and where I need) to be. And really, I'm okay with that. I love writing. Even if I'm just making a grocery list, I love writing. So I'll work as hard as I have to in order to accomplish my goals.
So here's my revised timeline:
June 11th--Done with day gig
June 12th--Start writing
June 13th--Keep writing
Repeat every day.